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Monday Poetry Prompt: Inhale


This week let’s write a poem about inhaling. Could be about that last breath before you dive in or the first breath when you emerge or it could be all about what you’re inhaling. Let’s see where the inspiration leads in the comments below.


About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry lovers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, he worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.


13 thoughts on “Monday Poetry Prompt: Inhale

  1. Inspiration

    The red numbers
    on the fingertip monitor
    change rapidly.
    94, 92, 89, 88
    A woman in scrubs says:

    Smell the roses.
    Blow out the candles.

    I take a deep sniff
    of room air with oxygen
    then sigh loudly
    dropping my shoulders.
    The monitor numbers rise.

    I keep my mind on the task,
    pushing aside memories
    of similar walks in other halls.
    God, have you abandoned me?
    Where is my inspiration?

    Smell the roses.
    Blow out the candles.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by JeanMarie | July 30, 2019, 1:16 AM
  2. As she began drifting off to sleep
    The music filled her ears
    Tears filled her eyes
    The cold dark space brought her such peace and comfort tonight

    It was a reminder to her, she made it through another day
    And this day was no different than those that came before it
    But the difference was her outlook

    As her body begins to release the tension of the day
    She mindfully starts unwinding
    Scanning the moments that were a reflection of her day

    She was having a good day
    Experiencing some genuine moments that made her smile
    Some that touched her soul

    Some anxiousness but not too extreme and it was manageable

    She, again went back to focusing on letting go of the negative and celebrating the positive
    A few short cycles of quick breaths
    Inhale, exhale
    Inhale, exhale
    Inhale, exhale
    Focusing on her breathing while being aware of her surroundings

    Taking a long deep breath in and with the slow release of a cleansing breath out
    She sighed deeply to exhale all the toxic energy

    Tomorrow she will wake refreshed
    She will inhale positivity
    She will exhale negativity
    She will focus on kindness
    She will allow herself to feel the emotions
    She will see the good in those that surround her
    She will practice patience
    She will spend her time mindful of each moment, while offering gratitude for the life she has been given so graciously

    Her broken pieces do not define her today or tomorrow
    They never have
    She is seeing that with clarity now
    They are simply a piece of who she is, not the entire picture

    She offers gratitude for that today and tomorrow
    And all the days that come after that forever more.

    She will remember
    She is beautifully and wonderfully made
    She is talented and accomplished
    She is loved
    She is thoughtful
    She is passionate
    She is inspirational
    She is intelligent
    Because she so is

    She is worthy of all life has to offer her
    She is breathing in her blessings
    She is realizing her value
    She is taking control
    She is enough
    She always was
    She just couldn’t see that through the pain


    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by amazinggraceandpersonalspace | July 29, 2019, 8:36 AM
  3. Inhale to Exhale – An Acrostic

    I take in a breath
    Not a little one, but gasping just the same
    Hearing those words
    Asking me for something I cannot give
    Leaving me with wondering
    Expecting you to leave

    Liked by 2 people

    Posted by Lisa Tomey | July 29, 2019, 8:10 AM

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